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STELIA Aerospace is putting innovation and passenger well-being at the heart of its latest product developments in Business and First Class cabins by MARY JANE PITTILLA

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ith a range of artisan-fabricated seats, STELIA Aerospace places passengers experience at the heart of its designs whether seeking comfort in efficiency or enveloping a traveler that’s aboard for the long haul. From the ‘cocooning’ Celeste to the efficient Equinox, the firm holds to the belief there is a solution for every airline and aircraft. Its best-selling Solstys and Solstys III offer one of the widest and longest beds on the market, while Opal – the latest addition to its portfolio – through innovative industrial design can be extensively customized and provide more revenue paying passengers (two to four additional passengers). Meanwhile, the company’s Ultimate 17 First Class platform provides “unparalleled luxury”, it notes, and has been selected by two new customers in 2016. “Our ability to manage highly customized programs with 100% reliability is a quality that is always valuable for our customers,” says the company. “Awarded by Airbus for the third year running as best performing (BFE) seat supplier is something we at STELIA Aerospace are very proud of as we strive every day exceed our clients’ expectations. This reliability and performance is equally recognized by our customers who choose STELIA Aerospace time and again for their premium cabin needs.”

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STELIA Aerospace offers global solutions for aeronautical manufacturers

STELIA launched the Opal seat at last year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo

and airlines. The company designs towards the next generation passenger and produces aerostructures, pilot experience,” STELIA Aerospace says. seats and Business and First Class “Having been the first to patent the passenger seats. With a turnover of use of vertical space in the cabin with €2.1 billion (US$2.2 billion) in 2016 our highly efficiency Equinox family of and more than 6,500 employees seats, they are turning towards a more worldwide, STELIA Aerospace delivholistic view of the passenger experience. ers 2,000 passenger seats annually, Researching and combining technologies with more than 11,000 in service. from diverse fields to create a wellThe company currently has has more being bubble, our SeatZen concept is than 40 airline clients worldwide, includ- extended to a fully immersive passenger ing Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, experience for First Class passengers.” Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, and Royal The Opal Business Class seat is Air Maroc, as well as AerCap, one of the the latest addition to its portfolio. world’s largest aircraft leasing companies. Launched at the Hamburg AIX Expo STELIA Aerospace has boasted 100% 2016, Opal has been designed for on time delivery since 2007, which it efficiency and through innovative attributes to its global sales and supindustrial design can be extensively port networks that operate round the customized while meeting customers’ clock. The company has internal and program constraints: 3D curves (a key external partners in Seattle, Miami, differentiator for STELIA Aerospace), Rochefort (France), Dubai, Abu Dhabi, new technologies (polycarbonate outer Bangkok, Singapore, and Beijing. skins allowing injected color and posAt the AIME 2017 show in Dubai, sible laser printing decoration) and STELIA Aerospace can be found additional 15% weight reduction. at booth number 152C within the French Pavilion. On display will be The Celeste seat from the Celeste, its innovative medium STELIA are built for haul seat for single aisle platforms. medium With customers in three regions, haul flights and deliveries starting early 2017, the sleek futuristic seat is designed with a unique swinging cradle recline motion, according to the company. What about future developments in the seating sphere? It’s clear that passenger well-being continues to be a priority. “In addition to the innovative Celeste seat, our engineers are working www.pax-intl.com  |  PAX INTERNATIONAL  |  29

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